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The atonement theology is a complicated one to explain. To the believers, it is a simple acceptance of one's imperfection and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the perfect one to render us perfect in the eyes of God. To the unbelievers, it is foolishness that God would become human to die for their sins. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those ...


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Hands down, Eusebius is your best bet for an "historical" (by which I assume you mean non-biblical) account of the early church. Eusebius is often called the 'Father of Church History'. Although he was not active until the 200s, his work is usually considered by historians of all types - from Dan Wallace to Bart Ehrmann to be the pre-eminent collector of ...


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I assume you're refering to Mark 12:25 where it says: When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. (NIV) First a couple of notes on context. This was the answer to a trick question from a group of Sadducees. The Sadducees were an elitist liberal group similar to the Pharisees, who were an ...


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I once hear this story that really helped me understand Do you know why Jesus had to die? Can I tell you a story that might help make it clear? There is a story told about a particular Indian tribe who was suffering from the effects of a severe drought. Food was scarce and the members of the tribe were beginning to steal from each other in order ...


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In addition to David Stratton's great answer, reincarnation has a very different idea of the nature of the soul and spirit. As you can see in the word's form, it is based on incarnation, when a spirit takes on flesh. The Eastern religions which believe in reincarnation believe that the soul or spirit is eternal and just temporarily takes on a body. This is ...


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Reincarnation involves living again, but having another life in a new body, as a new person/being. On this one, Wikipedia is as good a source as any. Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral ...


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Elijah resurrected the son of a widow in Zarephath (1 Kings 17:7-24) Elisha resurrected the son of the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:8-35) A dead man came back to life when he touches Elisha's bones (2 Kings 13:21) Jesus resurrected the widow's son at Nain (Luke 7:11-15) Jesus raised the daughter of Jairus, a Synagogue leader from the dead (Matthew 9:18-25, ...


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In a family, the firstborn son had special privileges that set Him above all others. Jesus, in ushering in the resurrection for all, had the privileges of that firstborn son. Note: For a long time, I used to think of this strictly in chronological terms - but it isn't warranted. Elijah & Elisha resurrected dead people. Lazarus and Jairus' daughter ...


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CAVEAT: I am not familiar with whatever differences might exist between the Chalcedonian Creed's perspective on Christ's humanity and the CJCLDS's perspective on the same. I'll let my answer stand, however, if only to provide a traditional Protestant (and perhaps Roman Catholic?) perspective in the matter. If I have failed the questioner by not comparing and ...


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this is a good question, in the old Testament an animal sacrifice was required to be given to God as an offering to atone for the sins that were committed after the last sacrifice, I have borrowed the first paragraph from Why did God require animal sacrifices in the Old Testament? a website I found with a quick search on animal sacrifice in the bible. ...


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About this question there is such point of view (close to the Eastern Orthodox tradition). It seems, that all people, described in your question, were neither in Heaven, neither in Purgatory. They were in Sheol. This is because before Christ's Resurrection, The Heaven was closed, and the hell, as place for unrepentant sinners wasn't. All people who died ...


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I don't understand how a body can exist without flesh, But a simple answer to your question is NO, It does not. It is actually the opposite. It is condemned as a heresy in the Catholic Church if one claims that Jesus is in heaven without his body/flesh. This concept falls into variation of different heresies Docetism, Apollinarism, Manichaeism etc., ...


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Jas 3.1 I think your question has no definite answer as the Bible does not say. I agree with what Mawia essentially said but I'd like to point out that in the extra scriptural accounts of heaven by Jessie Duplantis Kat Kerr Rebecca Springer. They, to the best of my knowledge, believed the old bodies would be reassembled fixed and come out of the ground. They ...


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Scripture speaks of the likeness of Adam and the likeness of Christ, making some distinction between them: “And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:49). Christ will remain a man, but his deity that was once veiled in his humanity will shine through it. Because of the ...


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If Jesus had meant that he was going to be in the earth for anything less than "three days and three nights" He would have not used such specific vernacular. In Genesis 1:5 NLT God explains "God called the light "day" and the darkness "night". Together these made up one 24-hour day." In as much as Jesus rose on the 'third day' while it was still dark, one ...


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As I understand it, he is saying that our future perception may be "expanded", while still being qualitatively the same - in particular, not approaching the very different perception of time that God has. (We experience time as a succession of cause and effect; we can remember the past but can only conjecture about the future. On the other hand, God sees all ...


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According to my King James translation and as many other Bible translations I know of; you can die twice but only be resurrected once. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first ...


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Although I am only able to answer for my Church as a Baptist we believe that the resurrection means that Jesus Body reclaimed life just as it was when he was crucified. And that belief we base on several Scriptures such as: Luk 24:38 through 43 KJV And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my ...


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There are two types of Resurrections in the Bible. 1. Temporary Resurrection Those who are brought back from the dead without a new body given to them. They will still die again when their time comes. This resurrection is mostly for the purpose of God's glory or to simply extend the life of the dead person on Earth as a result of prayer. This, even now is ...


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The Bible does not say there will be infinite joy, but rather the absence of its opposite. Revelation 21:4 states: 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” The absence of death (cf. 1 Corinthians 15) and the ...


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This will take a bit of work...But thankfully, the work has already been done :) If you go to Volume 2 of Charles Hodge's Systematic Theology, p 591, you will there see a pretty good treatment of Christ's Death and Burial. (Search for "Christ humbled Himself even unto death, and continued under the power of death for a time." minus the quotes in the pdf) ...


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Several different religions have various teachings on reincarnation, including Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Taoism, among others. Their teachings differ slightly, but all of them are in opposition to the tenets of the Christian resurrection. Here are some of the similarities and differences. In reincarnation, an individual dies and comes back to life ...


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Relationship with God is generally understood as being the most important thing we can hope for in all the Christian circles I am familiar with (a wide variety of Protestant denominations and movements. Often a simplistic view of the Gospel focuses on the negative, avoiding condemnation. Even here, the most consistent view of being condemned is that it means ...


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The rules on textual criticism described here generally apply to all forms of textual criticism. To plagiarize myself... Dr. David L. Cooper, the founder of The Biblical Research Society put it simply. Dr. Cooper is known for his “Golden Rule of Interpretation” which is as follows: When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense,seek no other ...


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Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. This is a spiritual law, it is as certain as any natural law. So, essentially, we understand that death is separation. In this case, the death spoken of above is separation from God. Jesus always makes manifest the will of God the Father, ...


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There are at least two solid Biblical scriptures which prove that time continues in heaven. First in Revelation 19 Jesus returns in the second coming riding a white horse, we know that at that time the saved are taken to heaven for it is written "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the ...


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With or without Mary, God does what he intends to do. God tells us so at Isaiah 55:11 "So my word that goes out of my mouth will be. It will not return to me without results, But it will certainly accomplish whatever is my delight, And it will have sure success in what I send it to do." If Mary had not found favor in gods eyes, she would not have ...


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If we read the words carefully one interpretation has it that the graves were opened at his death but they were not raised out of them appearing to many people until ‘after Jesus’ resurrection’. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy ...


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This long passage may be sufficient to answer the question. 1 Corinthians 15:35-54 (NIV) But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something ...



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